To make a long story short, the field study in Costa Rica was unbelievable. After landing, we went by bus to the Poas Volcano, about 8,200 feet above sea level. This volcano was so high up the clouds surrounded it, and we were able to walk through clouds. The forest adjacent to the volcano is known as a cloud forest for exactly this reason. Because of the moisture here, there were many species of ferns and mosses; because of the cloud forest’s elevation, many of the plants looked similar to Florida’s plants. Following our trip to the volcano, we took a windy road down to the lowlands of Sarapiqui. This area had the typical rain forest everyone pictures, complete with giant kapok trees, howler monkeys, screech owls, bullet ants, and kinkajous. Of course there was plenty of rain, and we all learned truly how waterproof our rain jackets were. It was incredible to see so early on in our trip just how much the flora and fauna changed with the different zones of Costa Rica. You could see the changes in the leaves of the trees, along with some of the animals, as we moved from the cloud forest to the lowlands.. Here we experienced more howler monkeys as well as spider monkeys, and the beautiful strawberry poison dart frog. It was truly surreal experiencing the rain forest that I had only seen and heard about in text books. Continue reading Costa Rica – Life Everywhere
This past winter break a small group of seventeen HTEA high school students took a trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands. I was one of these lucky few. I went with an interest in nature photography in mind. How many other places on Earth could you go to take snapshots of nature completely unadulterated by human influence? The Galapagos is a cluster of islands formed over a hotspot in the Earth’s crust. It consists of hundreds of islands of all shapes and sizes. They lie about 700 miles West of the Ecuadorian coast, a short plane hop from Guayaquil, the main stop before anyone enters the islands.
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Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Class of 2013 Valedictorian: Andrew Win
1. What’s your favorite subject and why?
Biology. I have always loved science, and while I still enjoy Chemistry and Physics, I especially love learning about and working with living beings.